Passports Director: Children Of Saudi Women Married To Foreigners Will Be Treated As Saudis

photocredittobikatOfficial Reiterates Rights Of Expats With Saudi Mothers
Arab News | Riyadh
17 April 2014

Children born to expats married to Saudi women will be treated as Saudis for work, education and medical purposes, said Maj. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Yahya, director-general of the Passports Department.

They can also reside in the country at the state’s expense and will be allowed to work in the private sector without transferring their residency permits, he said.

The statement was issued after several half-Saudis, especially girls on their mother’s sponsorship, expressed fear of deportation following the death of their mother.

Many explicitly marry Saudis whether they like them or not just to be able to stay in the country, while others resort to marrying Saudi men with several wives and children. Some even marry in secret.

“These privileges are contingent upon the approval of the original marriage contract and the children being in possession of IDs,” he said.

“This decision comes in accordance with a decree issued by the Council of Ministers in 2012,” he said.

“Expat children who had transferred their sponsorships onto their mothers following this decision and prior to their mother’s death will be treated as Saudis,” he said. “Expats who had not transferred their sponsorships prior to their mother’s death will, however, remain under the sponsorship of their companies until a decision is issued by a jurisdictive body.”

Half-Saudis are also included in nationalization quotas in the private sector. Expats married to Saudi women can also reside in the Kingdom on their wives’ sponsorship provided the original marriage contract had been approved by local authorities.

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Tara Umm Omar

American married to a Saudi.